The Labor Day weekend auto sales rush in Florida was expected to take a rain check this year due to Hurricane Dorian, which was heading toward the state during the lucrative selling period.
Dorian, which strengthened to a Category 3 storm on Friday, could take a bite out of the month's U.S. auto sales, which were projected to rise in part due to the holiday weekend. Labor Day weekend sales count toward August results this year after falling in September in 2018.
Edmunds said it still expected August to be strong despite the storm complicating things in one of the country's key markets. Florida represents 7 percent of new-vehicle sales, according to Cox Automotive.